LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the central contract for 35 players for 2017-18, Sarfraz Ahmed has been elevated to A category, Umar Akmal has been dropped from the list.
Umar, 27, was sent back from England last month after he failed two fitness tests even after being named in the 16-man squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy; he was subsequently replaced by Haris Sohail.
He later confessed his mistake and vowed to come back stronger than ever in an interview with The Express Tribune.
The PCB, in its media release, mentioned a trio of reasons for those missing out, with Umar’s exclusion probably falling under the ‘fitness’ tab. “The central contracts were awarded after keeping in mind the performances, fitness, and discipline of the players,” read the media release.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain across all three formats, right-hand batsman Azhar Ali, veteran all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez and ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah all retained their positions in the category A.
Besides, Imad Waseem, Babar Azam, and Hasan Ali were promoted to B from C category.
CT17 final’s hero, Shadab Khan, young leg-spinner Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Abbas were included inducted in category C.
According to the PCB’s media release, “as per the three-year understanding reached with players and the management, the monthly retainers for all categories are increased by 10%”.
After the aforementioned changes, category A players will now receive monthly remuneration of Rs650,000, while category B players will earn Rs450,000 per month.
Meanwhile, category C and D players will take home Rs260,000 and Rs179,000 every month, respectively.